Maroon of the Day: Martin Lewis

Instead of belittling General David Petraeus and insulting him — we should be showing him HUGE respect.

I’m not familiar with the work of the good Mr. Lewis, but this article at Huffington Post is quite something. Here are some lowlights:

Look at his military biography.

Though he graduated in 1974 — this four-star general didn’t see ANY military combat until 2003! (He has commanded several mechanized and light infantry units though!)

In his first three decades of dedicated military service — he fearlessly protected American interests in:

+ Vicenza, Italy
+ Princeton University, New Jersey
+ Georgetown, D.C.
+ Fort Stewart, Georgia
+ Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
+ Fort Campbell, Kentucky
+ Fort Polk, Louisiana.
+ Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Can you recall even a single attack on any of those places while General Petraeus was in command? No sir — you cannot. No enemy even DARED to attack a location where David Petraeus was running the show!

Obviously, Mr. Lewis knows a lot about the military and has a long list of other generals with much more combat command experience. (If you want to play the game, you could probably argue pretty successfully that peacekeeping-type missions in Kuwait, Haiti, and Bosnia-Herzegovina are just as valuable (or more valuable) to the current phase of the Iraq campaign as leading tank divisions blitzing the Republican Guard in 1991 was…)

Look — it takes true genius to have managed to avoid serving in any armed conflicts in his first 29 years in the service. And it’s that kind of genius that we need in Iraq.

Something tells me that Mr. Lewis is being sarcastic. And he shows a picture of Petraeus, calling his pins, medals, and ribbons “BLING”.

If he can wrangle all those ribbons and medals for himself by being in change of trucks and tanks in rural America – he MUST know what he’s doing!

It must be very inspiring to the 160,000 troops under his command in Iraq.

And – even if a few thousand more die over the next few years – who better than General Petraeus to get them some posthumous bling? They can have their coffins lined with fancy ribbons! Which will be a great comfort to their families…

And the thousands more troops who will be maimed will at least have something colorful to cover up their more ugly looking wounds.

So here’s to General David Petraeus. A general to die for…

Please don’t comment about Mr. Lewis is a clueless hack or has a history of misunderstanding all things military. It’s obvious.

But don’t question his patriotism.


  1. All you have to do is look at General Eisenhower. He was a career staffer and never had combat experience even though he was commissioned in 1915 during WW1. In February 1941 he was still a LTC. But others recognized his qualities and the rest is history. By Feb 1943 he was a 4 star General. And we all know how that worked out.

  2. Having no combat time on one’s military record is not at all reflective of that person’s capability. It has just about everything to do with pure luck, from the era in which you served to whether you were assigned to units that went downrange when the balloon went up. I didn’t go to GW1, even though the rest of USAREUR (seemingly) did. So because the 3ID didn’t pick up and leave Germany to fight, I’m a douchebag? Or General Shoffner was, because his division wasn’t invited? Just out of curiosity, what combat operations is Lewis thinking Petraeus could have served in between 1974 and 2003? Because by my recollection, pickin’s were kinda slim.

  3. General David H. Petraeus assumed command of the Multi-National Force-Iraq on February 10th, 2007, following his assignment as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Prior to assuming command at Ft. Leavenworth, he was the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, which he led from June 2004 to September 2005, and the NATO Training Mission- Iraq, which he commanded from October 2004 to September 2005. That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the ‘Screaming Eagles’ in combat throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps. That’s the first paragraph. I would not think of questioning Mr Lewis’s patriotism. You simply cannot question that which does not exist. By the way what is Lewis’s military history?

  4. Lewis is aware of the holes in his argument. Bring them up and and he’ll shrug and say it’s humor. He’s writing for his fellow scouts who will nod around the camp fire and mutter ‘right on’. If Iraq is Vietnam then 2010 to 2017 will be the 70s complete with rationing, economic malaise, disco and zombies.

  5. ‘By the way what is Lewis’s military history?’ I guess I shouldn’t speculate, but I suspect Mr Lewis may have attained the status of a 4-F POGUE jim b

  6. GeekLethal – Luck, yeah right! Did a member of the Bush family pull strings to get you assigned to the Rock to keep you out of harm’s way?

  7. MO, Eh, fair’s fair- I seem to recall being in rare form when you posted your hero pic a coupla months ago and solicited captions. Besides, just because people call me bad things doesn’t mean they’re not applicable.